News 12 First at Five/ June 24, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Sheriffs in our area's two largest counties say they're losing too many of their deputies to bigger paychecks. While the Richmond County sheriff is fighting to pay his deputies more, he's also on the look out for more talent.
Some of that talent may come from the 17 graduates sworn in today at Augusta Technical College's Peace Officer Training Academy. The program is designed to prepare students to become qualified law enforcement officers.
"For our graduates, our job placement rate is better than 80 percent, and we do have a lot of people that leave the academy and go straight into working," says Eric Snowberger, lead instructor at the academy.
Snowberger says that the graduates could definitely be able to help with the fading number of deputies in Richmond County.
"Of the 17 that graduated I have at least 13 or 14 of them. I know have been actively searching for jobs and things like that," Snowberger said.